Publish Date

April 22, 2024


The Knapheide Mechanics Service Truck (KMS) is a solution that has been trusted by work truck owners and operators for years, chosen for its durability and weight savings. And now, there's a new option on the horizon for those looking to invest in even longer-lasting, lighter-weight workstations on wheels.

Introducing the AKMS16

Knapheide showcased its Aluminum KMS16-09 prototype in Indianapolis, Ind., at the National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Week expo in March. The AKMS16 combines steel and aluminum: The crane compartment and understructure are crafted using steel to provide strength, and with its aluminum side packs, users gain an additional 530 lb. of payload capacity (compared to Knapheide's current-lightest mechanics truck option - the standard KMS16).

But how, exactly, does this benefit users?

The AKMS16's payload capacity will allow users to haul all the tools and components they need to job sites, without having to increase their chassis class. But that's not all.

In addition to increasing available payload, the side pack compartments are designed to enable easy organization. (After all, organization is paramount for efficiency.) So, users will have the option to include CTech extreme-duty aluminum mechanics 7-drawer sets and bolt bins (both standard options) in the compartments to ensure that all tools and components have a place, or can choose other organizational equipment to add. But either way, users can expect a reduction in clutter and search time.

When can you expect this solution to hit the market?

Well, the AKMS16 is still in testing, and its release date has not yet been announced. But once it is released, you can expect to see the following versions added to our standard product lineup: AKMS16-09, AKMS16-09-MD, AKMS16-09R, AKMS16-09R-MD, AKMS16-11, AKMS16-11-MD, AKMS16-11R and AKMS16-11R-MD.

So, stay tuned and keep checking our blog for more information on its release. And in the meantime, check out the photos below to see what's in store for the future of light-weight mechanics trucks at Knapheide.